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Elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2018, Scott Ferguson, MD, has a long history representing physicians and patients at every level: in his home town, in his state of Arkansas and nationally. A former chair of both the AMA Council on Legislation and of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration National Mammography Quality Advisory Committee, Dr. Ferguson has also served as a state legislator.
In the Arkansas legislature he was a driving force for physicians and patients, working on landmark legislation including “any willing provider,” comprehensive children’s insurance programs, vaccination/immunization, and enhanced medical care for pregnant women, newborns and mastectomy patients. Since leaving office, Dr. Ferguson has continued to spearhead efforts for tort reform, network adequacy and expansion of health care coverage.
Dr. Ferguson, who is a practicing radiologist in West Memphis, Ark., has served as president of his county medical society and of the Arkansas Medical Society, where he also served as chair of the society’s Legislative Committee, as well as chairman of the PAC Committee for 10 years. Prior to his election to the AMA Board of Trustees, he served on and chaired the Arkansas delegation to the AMA House of Delegates and served as vice chair of the AMA Radiology Section Council.
The recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from his state radiological society, Dr. Ferguson championed medical education at the University of Arkansas Medical School while on the Admissions Committee and worked hard both in and out of government to achieve additional residency slots in Arkansas.
Dr. Ferguson’s passion for advocacy is shared by his wife, Deborah, also an Arkansas state legislator. They have three children: Catherine, an emergency physician in California; Scott, a software engineer in Arkansas; and Caroline, a PhD candidate at Stanford.